The humanitarian program in Romania is unique because you will be working in an orphanage with children who may have physical or mental disabilities — it's extremely rewarding, but don't take our word for it.
Love the idea of spending time living in Romania and volunteering in an orphanage? We have info about what a typical day looks like and other answers to your questions.
We’ve interviewed Katie who volunteered in Romania and she told us all about her experience working with the kids — just a head's up, you'll be ready to hop on a plane to Romania once you finish reading:
How Did The Kids Impact Your Life?
“They were so sweet and even though they were going through such hard things (being sick, living in a orphanage with a lot of other kids) they always smiled and were happy! The babies would get so excited to see us. They would smile and giggle and were adorable. It really made me realize that If they were having such a hard time and were still able to smile, that I can do the same when things are hard!”
Here's a little more about the kids and some stories from a Romanian Orphanage that we think you'd like to read.
What Was Your Favorite Part Of Your Day?
“I loved when the kids would do funny little things. There was one girl who was in the isolation room (where the babies were) and she would tell us to go to sleep in Romanian. When we would pretend to sleep she would jump up on us and pretend to fall asleep. Those cute little fun things when they would play with us and make us laugh were my favorite.
"I also had a favorite little boy would just have random spurts of energy and would go crazy and flail his arms around, stop look at you and smile and then go back to what he was doing. We would wait for it every day to see him do it, we loved it!"
In What Way Did You Grow During Your Semester?
“I grew in a lot of ways! I feel like have a greater respect for kids who are in orphanages or foster care and homes. I love those kids I was able to work with. I learned a lot through the language barrier and I am a lot more of a people person now. I am able to communicate even better now with people in any language because of the struggle with the language barrier.
"I also feel like I grew while traveling and figuring out how to get around. It made me a lot more confident in myself and I realized I could do a lot of new things.”
You can check out more of Katie's experience on her blog, but if you want to learn more, come check out the ILP Blog on Romania, and click that button below for more pictures and a bit more about what your semester abroad in Romania will be like!